Riyadh Travel Guide

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Riyadh Things to Do

  • Diplomatic Quarter

    Sahat al-Kindi (Kindi Plaza) would not, under normal circumstances, be a hotspot of anything other than the teenage boredom, angst and melancholy that is usually associated with suburban malls. This, however, is Saudi Arabia, and Sahat al-Kindi is located in the Diplomatic Quarter, where the religious police or Muttawa3 are far fewer in number than...

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  • Musmak Castle

    Masmak Fort is a bit of an oddity. There is nothing wrong with its appearance, but it seems to be a particularly odd building to have preserved in a country that seems to have willfully abandoned its architectural heritage for much of its history. Masmak Fort is found in the centre of Riyadh and, while it technically does form part of the King...

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  • Kingdom Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Mamluka Tower (or Kingdom Tower, or Kingdom Centre), is Riyadh’s tallest building and, together with the Faisaliya Tower, is part of the duo that characterizes the Saudi capital. It was completed in 2002 and belongs to Prince Waleed bin Talal, the owner of the Four Seasons group of hotels (of which there is one in the tower) and a partial owner of...

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Riyadh Restaurants

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  • Shaurma

    The best middle eastern fast food restaurant. Their Shawrma is so popular as you have to take long queque to get your order ready. They have several branches in Riyadh, Al Dhabab Street branch would be good choice after walking around King Fahad Medical City. The other branch located by King Abdullah Road, this branch serve King Saud University...

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  • Chinese Resto

    Peking offers authentic Chinese cusines. They have numerous selection of Chinese dishes, from soup, appetizer to main course.The interior is very nice with the usual red and gold theme. Fast service, attentive waiters, great food and nice ambience.They give special discounts to banks, airlines and hospital employees Chicken with cashew nuts,...

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  • Most hygienic yet low priced Indian Food...

    During my frequent business trips to Riyadh, TOI Taste of India restaurant in Batha Main street is a never-miss place for me. A neatly set place, TOI offers Indian delicacies with a difference. I love the biryanies, Indian layered flat bread (parottas) with rich curry varieties, tandoori chicken and some South Indian ethnic dishes. The best part I...

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Riyadh Nightlife

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  • Receptions by Foreign Embassies Chance...

    As Riyadh has strict environment, but its famous that all foriegn embassies have their own different life. As a journalist, I was lucky to be invited to so many official receptions to celebrate national events, or to greet some official visitors, but also to attend live music concerts, or to attend King or queen birthday party or independent day...

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  • Nightlife in Riyadh

    Aside from the restaurants and hotels wherein both families and singles can enjoy, there are no other nightlife activites in Riyadh in Western sense like bar, clubs, discotheque etc.Though male can enjoy drinks and coffee along Tahlia street where they have numerous coffeeshops and restaurants which are mostly for singles.

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  • Coffee and juice in the shadow of...

    This small coffee place is very popular with locals and visitors alike, as it is situated between the Faisaliyah Hotel and the Khozama Hotel. It's got good espresso, turkish is nice and they have a number of good juices. There's also free WLAN access, which cannot be bad.The Lebanese owners are very friendly, and prices are quite reasonableIf you...

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Riyadh Transportation

  • Riyadh-Dammam by Train

    Sine 1947, when construction work commenced for the current railway network in the Kingdom linking Riyadh the capital city with Dammam in Eatern province through Hafuf and Biqaq cities. Saudi Railways Organization operates several passangers trains every day between Riyadh and Dammam, some are express non stop, while others make two stops in...

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  • Best Solution: Rent a Car or Buy One

    The opposite is true for limousines in residential areas. It can be quite difficult to spot one on the residential streets. Car rental agencies are quite numerous in some areas like Sulimania. I am not an expert on this but I bet you can find great deals of great cars to rent for few days, weeks or months.So the best solution especially for women...

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  • The "Do's" when Taking a Cab in Riyadh

    Pick wisely: Only those who know how to speak English. --Better those who are recommended by friends you already know very well.Only when you are already familiar with the place you are going. Be sure that your cellphone or any communication devices are fully loaded, battery and card. Inside the taxi, take the license number in case of trouble. If...

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Riyadh Shopping

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  • mascon the soft pirates

    oh the computer souk is a souk of cheats, frauds .It is not worth buying even a pen drive in the market . YOu find all types of crooks running the shops . The biggest amoung them is Management system consultants ( mascon) located in al moosa tower .It is run by a guy Engr.Sulaiman ALbarrak , SHarif ( masri) .They sell pirated microsoft erps to...

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  • Shop for Furniture In IKEA

    If in you are arriving to Riyadh to stay for some two to three years, and you are not staying in a full furnitured flat, I would suggest IKEA for you for its nice looking, lower than average prices, and fine quality for less than 5 years uses. The Swedish famous furniture brand operates a giant store in eatern side of Riyadh where shopping is real...

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  • Mamlakat al Mara'ah - Ladies' Kingdom

    i have been to this mall on my last trip as if it was my first time there ever! my colleague took me to the lady-only floor of this mall, which is exlusively run by women staff, and attended by women customers. there are cafes and restaurants for women only. this comes as a reaction to women's need for privacy from men's 'intrusion'. since women in...

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Riyadh Local Customs

  • Saudi rot

    This particular tip should be linked to my tip about Jeddah regarding pretty much the same phenomenon. It is very common in Saudi Arabia to see beautiful old houses allowed to collapse from neglect and abandonment. There is little to no concern amongst the general population for the preservation of architectural heritage (although that is changing...

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  • Love of the King

    This tip is not particular to Riyadh - Saudis across the Kingdom love their King, regardless of their views about the state that he heads. It is not uncommon to see his portrait everywhere you turn: on highway overpasses, billboards, signage, posters, even food products. Yes, food products: like the cake in the pictures. The love for the King means...

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  • Attire

    Dress is always something that is on the top of people’s minds when they come to Saudi Arabia, and it is often the most difficult thing to explain to people visiting the Kingdom. In general, there are no set rules on what men can or cannot wear, but the best guide is to ensure that any man is wearing pants and at least a t-shirt, if not a...

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Riyadh Warnings and Dangers

  • Terrorism

    A lot of questions in the VT forum verge on security and terrorism. You can get a good snapshot of the current situation from the American embassy web site.This is the official version. However, reality is different. I won't take responsibility if you choose not to follow the official guidelines, but can tell you that in practice the terrorism...

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  • Dealing with cops - Some tips

    One of the most common problems of expatriates working in Saudi Arabia is dealing with the policemen, language being the biggest hurdle. If your vehicle ever meets with an accident, the first thing you should do is to stop the vehicle right there and get out of the car. Do not move the vehicle till a policeman arrives on the spot. Do not be...

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  • Road Entertainment or Road Shock

    GOOD NEWS!Traffic in the city is most likely light to moderate with occasional car accidents mostly by reckless minors and some adventurous and furious Saudi drivers. To say 'heavy traffic' in Riyadh is way an exaggeration to me, compared to what I am accustomed to back home this is a 'no traffic' at all, or what traffic? experience.Okay, Peak...

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Riyadh Tourist Traps

  • Rome

    Everybody who saw Rome know that he or she will want to return there… Modern Rome is lively city and has some excellent restaurants and nightlife. This is place incomparable to any other city on the planet. When you see The Mausoleum, The Colosseum and The Pantheon, you should also visit Vatican! Saint peter’s Basilica is great… Italian summer rain...

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  • What do you want?

    Before planning to come to the Kingdom, you must be absolutely clear about your needs. Saudi Arabia does not impose any kind of taxes and 100% of your savings can be renumerated back home. However, if you think life is easy here, then you are totally mistaken.First of all, you need to make up your mind on what you need. Are you looking only for...

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  • Unlicensed Limo Drivers

    If you are male and first time to arrive to Riyadh (King Khaled International Airport), not being picked up by your employer...Please take the licensed airport limousines.There are some people using their private cars as limousines who might approach you at the arrival gate. Those people tend to get as many customers as possible yet you pay the...

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Riyadh What to Pack

  • ChocNut,Pusit,Beef Maggi,Goldilocks...

    You can almost find anything in Riyadh, if you are willing to pay the price! Because of the high prices of some imported goods and because sometimes it can really be hard to find everything you usually have , it is a good idea to bring an extra supply of particular items or brands you don't want to do without.Just be careful that these items...

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  • What's 'Not to Bring' Inside Riyadh

    Upon entering Riyadh you should refrain from bringing unnecessary materials and items that might hold or penalize you , especially if you are a travelling alone. These items could be non-Islamic religious materials, pork dishes, books with pork in them, alcohol, adult art/literature and obscene belongings. In some instances, magazines, posters of...

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  • What to Bring

    Of course, during winter months - October to April you have to get ready with your winter clothes like jackets, sweatshirts, coat, turtle neck shirts or blouses, long sleeves and long pants. To add, you can also wear gloves.For summer, cotton light colored clothes. Still, no shorts or sleeveless allowed when you go to public places even when...

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Riyadh Off The Beaten Path

  • Ministry of Finance

    Similar to my write-up on Saudi Post, I decided to snap a few shots of the Ministry of Finance because of its architectural features, rather than out of any inherent interest in the workings of this government institution. The Ministry’s building features that same horrendous oil-boom architecture that is so common throughout the central area of...

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  • The main water towers

    Water is scarce in Saudi Arabia. That’s a bit of a platitude, and yet, after having lived in the country for two years, I now find it to be a telling and thought-provoking statement. Despite the scarcity of water in the Desert Kingdom, there is no shortage of waste: continual washing of cars; watering of grass and lawns; leaks in hoses and storage...

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  • Saudi Post Office

    I will not lie to you and claim that there is some sort of historical significance to this particular post office. I simply photographed it because I liked the look of the massive building, which is someone exemplary of the architecture that characterizes the oil-boom years throughout the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. It is an awkward blend of the...

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Riyadh Sports & Outdoors

  • Running in Riyadh

    Running in Riyadh can be difficult. The midday heat is enough to level even the most hardened runner and finding company is tough. The much flaunted hashers are hard, if not impossible to find and many of the other groups just don't welcome outsiders. If you find yourself being an "outsider" like me, take heart in the fact that you are not alone....

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  • Football fans would enjoy some nice...

    Riyadh famouse for its strong two football clubs, Al Hilal, and Al Nasr. They have almost domenated the local tournaments in the past few decades.Al Hilal and Al Naser have their own satelite channels, and broad fan base among Riyadh people.If it happened to have final game either for the Saudi tournament of the King cup, or even the supper, and...

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  • Quad biking in the dessert

    The dessert 5 Miles behind the camel souk is a nice place for quad biking. It´s very funny to jump over the dunes and drive through the soft sand. The best day for Quad biking is thursday morning, go very early (8am) because of the heat. You can rent a quad for 80 Rial per hour

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  • Shopping on weekends

    Saudi weekend begins on Wednesday afternoon. Shopping malls announce their new promotions to coincide with weekend and all the malls are overcrowded. So, unless you are hunting for a bargain on some favorite item, don't go shopping on Wednesday evening. Thursday morning is always a better option.

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  • Tips for business visitors to Saudi...

    Working in Saudi Arabia is both exciting as well as a challenge. A few tips for business visitors and for those who are on a short trip to the kingdom is not out of place. Prior knowledge of what and when to do before meeting your hosts always helps.Saudis are quite hospitable, particularly when it involves business visitors. The first rule is to...

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  • Shopping malls are alot.

    Dammam is very nice,i lived there for about 5 years. and i think that:Nokia is the best mobile phone there.and if you want to pay a bill every month then choose mobily.but if you want to charge then choose al-jawwal.Hope i helped!!!

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